SDMS Sound News

Volume 8, Issue 12          December 31, 2006                ISSN 1543-0448

 
  In This Issue...

  1. SDMS Board Action Items
  2. SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarships Awarded
  3. Reminder: Call for Nominations for SDMS 2007 Elections and Awards
  4. ARDMS to Convert to Scaled Scoring
  5. ARDMS Revises Prerequisite 2 and Prerequisite 3B
  6. Fetal Medicine Foundation Newsletter
  7. Retraction/Correction
  8. News & Notes
  9. Important Dates


This issue of SDMS Sound News is sponsored by the
SDMS Educational Foundation.

SDMS Sound News is a way of sharing important or time-sensitive news with our members. It supplements our print newsletter, News Wave, and provides links to new information and services available on the SDMS web site. SDMS Sound News is published monthly. An archive of past issues is available at http://www.sdms.org/lists/soundnewsarchive.asp
 
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  1. SDMS Board Action Items

The SDMS Board of Directors has approved a revised Code of Ethics which is available at:
http://www.sdms.org/about/codeofethics.asp

The SDMS Board of Directors has also approved new position statements on Education and Lab/Clinic Accreditation. The new position statements are available at:
http://www.sdms.org/positions/labaccreditation.asp
http://www.sdms.org/positions/edaccreditation.asp

 
  2. SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarships Awarded

The SDMS Educational Foundation awards scholarships to students attending CAAHEP-accredited programs three times each year: March 30, July 31 and November 30. These scholarships are funded through your donations to the Foundation and from the sale of the Foundation's products. The following is a list of scholarship recipients for the November 2006 deadline:

RecipientSchool
Sara BraegerGreat Lakes Institute of Technology
Glenda MarchUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
Edward MuñozWashburn University
Jessica PattersonChattanooga State Technical Community College
Devora SchnallArgosy University
Carla ThompsonUniversity of Arkansas
Kimberly Van LeerCoxHealth School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Please join us in congratulating these scholarship recipients and in wishing them much success in their educational activities and their future careers!

 
  3. Reminder: Call for Nominations for SDMS 2007 Elections and Awards

SDMS members may use our online nomination form to submit their nominations for various association elected positions and awards including:

Board of Directors

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 3 open positions for "At-Large" Directors
Committee Positions
  • 2 open positions on the SDMS Finance Committee
  • 2 open positions on the SDMS Nominating Committee
Awards
  • SDMS Fellow*
  • Distinguished Educator Award*
  • Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award
* Additional form(s) must also be submitted.

The deadline for all nominations is February 16, 2007. Please go to http://www.sdms.org/members/nominateform.asp for the online nomination form.

 
  4. ARDMS to Convert to Scaled Scoring
(from www.ardms.org)

Beginning February 1, 2007, all ARDMS examinations will have a passing score of 555 based on a scale of 300-700, no matter what the specialty or test form.

Scaled scoring is already the industry standard among major allied health and credentialing organizations. Other examinations such as the SAT use scaled scoring. The reporting of scaled scores will make ARDMS scores consistent and easier to understand.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ardms.org/aboutardms/news.htm#scores

 
  5. ARDMS Revises Prerequisite 2 and Prerequisite 3B
(from www.ardms.org)

This change allows individuals to apply without a clinical verification form and requires program directors to submit a mandatory letter.

ARDMS has revised prerequisites 2 and 3B. The updated prerequisites will take effect on January 1, 2007 and will allow individuals applying under those prerequisites to submit an application without a clinical verification form as long as it is within the stated parameters.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.ardms.org/aboutardms/news.htm?#prereq23

 
  6. Fetal Medicine Foundation Newsletter

The Fetal Medicine Foundation USA is a non-profit organization that offers education, training, credentialing, and ongoing quality assurance for first trimester nuchal translucency measurements, and assessments of the nasal bone and tricuspid flow. The organization issues a quarterly, complimentary newsletter offering articles by leading experts as well as other features, such as scanning tips, billing information, upcoming courses, and more. The following link allows access to the current issue and all previous issues and bulletins.

http://fetalmedicine.com/usa/newsletter.htm

 
  7. Retraction/Correction

In the November/December 2006 issue of News Wave, the SDMS mistakenly reported that the ‘Tom Cruise’ ultrasound equipment bill, recently passed by the California legislature (AB2360) had been signed into law by the California Governor. Governor Schwarzenegger actually vetoed this bill. The SDMS apologizes for the inclusion of this incorrect information in the Society’s newsletter, and for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 
  8. News & Notes

The News & Notes column includes links to web-based news articles of interest to sonographers. To submit articles, send the URL to webmaster@sdms.org

 
  9. Important Dates
February 16 Deadline for Nominations for SDMS Board of Directors, Committees, and Awards
March 31 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline
June 30 SDMS Educational Foundation Research Awards deadline
July 31 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline
July 31 SDMS Educational Foundation CME Grants deadline
October 11 - 14 2007 SDMS Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV
November 30 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline


 
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